Tips to Keeping Kids Safe This Halloween #PoweringSafety4:47 PM
This post was written in collaboration with Energizer, all opinions are my own.
Halloween is a fun time of the year for the kids. My boys look forward to it for months beforehand. As my boys get older, it is harder and harder to try and keep them safe on Halloween. You would think the opposite would be true, but no longer do they want to hold my hand, and some don't even want to be seen with me. So, how can I keep them safe when I'm not glued to their side? Luckily, Energizer is dedicated to helping keep kids safe this Halloween, and they were kind enough to share some amazing tips for me to share with my readers. So, whether you're like me and have teens and tweens that want to venture out on their own, or you have toddlers and little ones that still cling to your side whenever a ghost or ghoul passes by, these tips will help keep them safe while they are out Trick or Treating.
Energizer Halloween Safety Tips
Create a route that avoids major intersections, but does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street. This is great for older children who want their freedom. They can follow the route and meet up with you at certain times.
Find new ways to celebrate the holiday.
Seek out neighborhood “trunk-or-treats” as alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. These events are great for younger children or in neighborhoods that might be difficult to navigate on Halloween night. One of our family friends throws a party for the boys each year, and it is a really fun way for us to celebrate safely before heading out to trick or treat.
Keep a portable light on hand (or head).
As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night:
- Energizer® LED 2 in 1 light Fusion Flashlights – Compact and versatile, Energizer Light Fusion Technology products are convenient, water resistant and provide impressively bright long lasting light easily seen by drivers and other pedestrians.
- Headlights – Powerful Energizer LED headlights are lightweight and convenient perfect for keeping hands free. That way, you may hold your child’s hand, while their other clutches the ever-important candy container. The headlight can even add to or be a part of a costume!
Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian. Our rule of thumb for the boys is that if the porch light isn't on, they don't go knock on the door.
Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired. If you can't pick a light colored costume, try purchasing some reflective patches or bracelets to go along with your child's costume. We picked these patches and bracelets up from the dollar store.
Walk, don’t run.
Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls. This is hard with excited kids, but try to encourage them to go at a slower pace for safety.
Charge your devices.
Make sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed*. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions.
*Or we will replace your device. See www.energizer.com/guarantee.